Fitness Junkie


Doing More…
December 14, 2008, 11:40 pm
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“Fear less, hope more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Hate less, love more; And all good things are yours.” –Swedish Proverb

Does this mean that if I do more high intensity strength training sessions, more interval cardio workouts on the elliptical, more ab crunches and more yoga, a good body will be mine to have?  I hope so.  Having a fit body doesn’t only mean doing more fitness activities, it also means doing more in all other aspects of life:  eat more vegetables, take in more protein, more smiles than frowns … in other words… more mindfulness in the things we do.

Today, my mind was focused on supplements.  Do I need more? 

As a regular reader (and occassional writer) for bodybuilding.com,  I came across an article written by Jaime Filer “Top 6 Supplements for Cutting” that made me take inventory of what I’m taking now…

  1. multivitamin – check
  2. whey protein – check
  3. glutamine – definite check
  4. fat burner/thermogenic – check
  5. BCAAs – have read about its advantages but haven’t used
  6. preworkout l-arginine/nitric oxide booster – never thought of this

BCAA’s are known to speed recovery after a gruelling workout, minimize fatigue, promote protein synthesis and foster vasodilation.  It’s popular feature is that it helps retain muscle mass even when taking in lower calories.  Arginine seems to do the same thing as BCAA’s but also has the ability to produce nitric oxide, scavenge free radicals and help regulate salt levels in the body. 

Other supplements I am currently taking:  Omega 3-6-9, creatine, acidophilus/probiotic, dandilion root/milk thistle, MaxGXL and for a preshoot prep natural diuretic, Watertight.  Is there a need to do more?  If I want to achieve the goal of gaining more muscle mass, then yes, it seems that   I need to be doing more…



Vote: Female Celebrity Abs

I hate training my abs.  I find no excitement in doing crunches, leg raises, oblique bends or planks at all!!  But if I want that 6 pack, I gotta work them out.  It takes a lot to get me to the gym alone never mind working out to get Maggie Diubaldo abs!!

In search of motivation I found a contest (it’s the competitor in me….) asking me if I want to make $1000.  Hell ya !  $1000 during the Christmas holidays … of course!!  Robert Kennedy, editor of Oxygen magazine, has an abs challenge contest for anyone willing to do it…   First prize $1000.  Second prize $500.  Third prize $250.  He wants before and after shots of abs …I need your help with some motivation and a daily hit….

With the voter rater turnout in this year’s 2008 Canadian election being the lowest ever in history… (did you vote???)… it’s time to cast your vote here on your favorite celebrity abs.  Don’t disappoint me, vote… who’s our favorite?

Beyonce Abs

Beyonce Knowles, singer/entertainer

Janet Jackson, entertainer

Janet Jackson, entertainer

Mel B Post baby!!

Mel B Post baby!!



Taking the First Step
May 13, 2008, 3:38 am
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“I admit I am powerless over my addiction.  My name is May Blaiz and I am a fitness junkie. ” 

Sound familiar?  This is a common statement used among addiction support groups across the country as part of the 12 Step  program to recovery.  The first step is admitting I am powerless over my addiction.  It’s just that in this case, it’s not an addiction to alcohol, drugs or food that I have.  It’s an addiction to fitness.  I have an insatiable interest and devotion which therefore makes me a junkie… yup, a fitness junkie.

I can admit it.  I seek information constantly on how to Stay on Track with fitness.  Newspapers.  Health magazines.  Online sources.  Friends.  Family.  There’s never the right amount of information I need to achieve a higher level.  It’s like the more I know, the more I realize I don’t know and then I go out and seek out more information.

Not only that, I need my Fitness Fix.  Whether it be going to the gym for a blast of cardio or a hardcore strength training session or heading over to the studio for a Bikram’s Yoga session, I need my Fix … yet oftentimes life gets in the way.  Work, family, friends, travel and oftentimes (okay, all the time) , my own sorry excuses keep me from getting the Fix I know I need. 

So it is here that I take the first step in ensuring I get my Daily Hit.  Motivation, inspiration and that extra kick in my junkie ass to keep going in this crazy journey.  And like the 12th Step states …

Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, I will carry this message to other addicts, and to practice these principles in all my affairs “…